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Client: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (academic medical center).

Services: Informed consent and patient education application.

Issue Addressed: Needed to automate paper-based informed consent process and add patient education materials.

Winning Vendor: Dialog Medical, signed October 2006 after seven-month search.

Selection Team: Ten-member group including physician informatics, risk management, finance and IT, led by Elizabeth Rockowitz, executive director, U-Miami clinical enterprise technologies.

Number of Vendors Considered: Three.

Evaluation Tools: After providing a list of requirements to vendors, the selection team watched demos and ranked them on a matrix.

Key Requirements: Ease of use, ability to interface with ADT system (from GE) and homegrown EMR system.

Deployment: Under way now, with application to be rolled out enterprisewide across two hospital physician clinics. Physicians and patients sign forms electronically with tablet computers and electronic signature keypads.

—Gary Baldwin